September 11, 2015

What a Libertarian Democrat Looks Like

I know, I should let it go. But I have watched Reason Magazine and the sadly-cancelled Libertarian Hour of Power "The Independents" on FBN heap constant and effusive praise on my old Congressman, Jared Polis (Owner - CO). Poor folks, they cannot bear to be aligned with the GOP, so they must hunt mythical Democratic Libertarians. Polis accepts campaign donations in Bitcoin (oooo!) and supports gay rights. Clearly, a Libertarian.

I have documented, with similar whining, all the reasons he does not fit the bill. But in case of lingering doubt:

We're just expelling them from school without due process! What are you all so worried about?

Colorado Libertario Delenda Est Posted by John Kranz at September 11, 2015 6:25 PM

The quote I heard cited on the radio was something like "if there's 10 accused, even if it's likely only 2 or 3 were guilty, it's better to expel them all."

Better only for an entrenched bureauRAT who never has to worry about where his next Tesla is coming from. Was he High, I wonder?

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 12, 2015 9:59 AM

Imagine if a Republican congressman suggested that all accused illegal immigrants be deported, even without conclusive proof they were illegal immigrants. We would hear more than crickets from the fourth estate.

Posted by: johngalt at September 13, 2015 12:32 PM

I did not know if I could get away with a segue into another hobby-horse, but this also reinforces my arguments against anarcho-capitalism.

This blanket removal of fundamental rights is extremely popular! That's why you're not hearing about it. It did not sound odd to Congressman Polis to say it and it probably did not sound odd to most people to hear it. "Yeah, Better three innocent men get expelled than one rapist goes free. Didn't Voltaire or Jesus say that?"

Nobody will ever enforce bill-of-rights rights except the US Government -- and no, they are not perfect at it. But pile this against opposition to Citizens United v FEC and throw in flag burning amendments if you want to be non-partisan.

It rocks to have a 5th and 14th Amendment to stop the Polises of the world. Maybe someday, some rights will extend to college campuses.

Posted by: jk at September 13, 2015 2:36 PM

I'm in a FB row with a distant cousin who repeated insists, "Driving is a privilege, not a right!" For my part I think it's definitely a right. Or at least if it isn't, it once was and should be now.

I found this very interesting compilation on the subject. Much of this legal-constitutional reasoning seems applicable to liberty generally.

The upshot seems to be that driving a.k.a. "travel by private conveyance" is a right until an individual "converts it to a privilege" by consenting to a state-issued drivers license. Presumably cancelling said license (or having it revoked) returns one to drive-by-right status.

An exception is commercial travel or "trafficking" which can be regulated by the state. But in one's private automobile one may not be prohibited from peaceful free travel. Compelling.

Posted by: johngalt at September 14, 2015 1:28 PM | What do you think? [4]